Napa Wine

 

There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named the Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area “Wappo,” and some say this is a derivation of “guapo” meaning “handsome,” while others say it means “brave,” with Napa being a further spin-off. Another legend is that Napa is a Wappo word for the land itself. Regardless, with its Mediterranean climate and diverse terroirs, this land eventually became one of the most important wine regions in the world. 
 
The first vineyards in Napa were planted in 1836 by George Calvert Yount in what is now the town of Yountville. In the 1850s, Thomas Rutherford, who married Yount’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Yount, established the first vineyard in what would become Rutherford town. The first commercial winery was established by Charles Krug in the 1860s. Soon, the likes of Inglenook, Beringer and Schramsberg and many others set up their wineries Read more »

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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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Varietals Produced in Napa View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Napa

  • Carneros

    Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes rou...

  • Stags Leap District

      Stags Leap District is located on the famous Silverado Trail of the Napa Valley region in ...

  • Yountville

    To the south of Oakville and comprised virtually entirely of valley floor land, Yountville is the...

Popular Wineries in Napa View all

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. . The 1992 vintage garner...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

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  • Today I attended one of my favorite tastings of the year, the Taste Napa Valley tour, where I tasted no lessthan 65 great to wonderful wines, mostly King Cabernet himself. I have listed the high lights of the day here. More will follow. 2005 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa- Gorgeous fruit forward with a lush mouth feel. Dense currant with...

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  • The 1996 Keenan Chardonnay was made from select vineyards located on the floor of the Napa Valley. Keenan continues to barrel ferment and barrel age 100% of the Chardonnay production; one-third of the oak barrels used are new French oak. Read More

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  • Wonderful bottle of Markham Napa Valley Merlot 2013.  Dark cherry, plum and some dark berry fruit.  Some cassis leads to earthy notes a tad bit of wood, spice, moderate tannins and good acidity.  This has aged well and could last to 2-3 more years. Read More

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  • Lagier Meredith 'Mt Veeder' Syrah 2012

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    Medium full bodied with lots of tart blackberry with balancing tannin coming out with some air. Really well balanced. Northern Rhone in style. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

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    Vanilla cream, blueberry preserves, chocolate cream, licorice and and some light spice on the nose. Creamy textured with a bit of a tart entry of cherry and cranberry fruit, young strawberry and a lightly green mid palate of floral notes and warm fruit with a slightly bitter, plummy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A few more recent arrivals:L - The Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel ... 2015R - The Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015L - The Calera "40th Anniversay Vintage" Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015R - The Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2017&nbs Read More

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  • Trader Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Velvet Moon California 2011

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    Gift from Nabozny's 9/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Paraduxx Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon Dollarhide Elevation 2010

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    Dark maroon in the glass. Nose of dark fruit with a touch of alcohol. Again, dark fruit on the tip of the tonguecassis, blueberry. Nice, full-bodied wine, Tannins are quite resolved. I think this wine is in a good place, right now, but if anybody wants to let theirs rest for a few more years, I think there would be no harm. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Myriad Mcgah Family Vineyard Semillon 2017

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    Fresh, crisp, maybe, a touch alcoholic. Tart stone fruit. Some hint of banana. Nice refreshing summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

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    Intriguing earthy complexity and dark cocoa notes with fresh cream, vanilla bean and blackberry preserves. Brooding and earthy palate of dark spice, chocolate and mixed berries with a core of red fruit that wells up from the center, delivering red currant and resinous tannins that finish creamy with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Every time I visit Napa I have a great time. Make sure you plan ahead though. The options can be overwhelming!

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  • Recently had a Darioush Duel Cabernet/Shiraz blend 2005 I bought it at the vineyard and it was wonderful Mmmmm

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